Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Stalled Over Gulf, Harvey Deepens Texans’ Soggy Misery
Five days after the pummeling began — a time when big storms have usually blown through, the sun has come out, and evacuees have returned home — Tropical Storm Harvey refused to go away, battering southeast Texas even more on Tuesday, spreading the destruction into Louisiana and shattering records for rainfall and flooding.
Along 300 miles of Gulf Coast, people poured into shelters by the thousands, straining their capacity; as heavy rain kept falling, some rivers were still rising and floodwater in some areas had not crested yet; and with whole neighborhoods flooded, others were covered in water for the first time. Officials cautioned that the full-fledged rescue-and-escape phase of the crisis, usually finished by now, would continue, and that they still had no way to gauge the scale of the catastrophe — how many dead, how many survivors taking shelter inland or still hunkered down in flooded communities, and how many homes destroyed.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Wednesday, August 30, 2017
If you have ever spoken with a man or woman who has experienced an unfaithful spouse, you know the pain of that experience. Imagine God’s pain, as our culture (both religious and secular) aligns with actions and attitudes separate from him. In the second chapter of Hosea, God encourages his unfaithful people to return to him.
Hosea 2.5 below is a snapshot of an unfaithful people. Hosea’s wife is a picture of idolatry. The characteristics of idolatry are (1) a belief that we must serve someone other than God to get what we need, (2) a lack of faith that God can provide for us or that he loves us enough to give us what we need, and (3) a need to be in control.
Hosea 2.5. She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, “I will go after my lovers; they give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.”
Prayers for Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Dear God, we are grieved that we have sorrowed your heart, because we have so quickly and easily turned away from you.